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Video: The German major at Notre Dame

Author: Todd Boruff

What is the German major like at Notre Dame?

"The really cool thing about the German major is how variable the classes are and how customizable they are, too," said Andrew Fulwider, a German major at Notre Dame. "You can take history classes, literature classes, arts classes, [and] current events classes."

In German, you'll take classes like:

  • Business German
  • Germany and the Environment
  • The Face(s) of Germany
  • German Political Philosophy
  • The German Novella
  • Tragedy, Comedy, Identity
  • Great German Short Films
  • The World of Dr. Faustus

German majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as language proficiency, cultural empathy, communication, and analysis.

After graduation, students go on to top graduate and professional schools and work in a variety of professions and industries. First jobs include:

  • Research technician, University of Chicago
  • Fulbright English teaching assistant, Germany
  • Analyst, FTI Consulting
  • Assurance staff, Ernst & Young
  • Investment banking analyst, Bank of America

“Being in those smaller classes where you actually get to engage in discussion, you learn so much more about your own thoughts, you learn so much more about everybody else's thoughts, and if you're doing it in German, then it's an extra fun challenge," said German major Mary Gorski. "Intellectually, it's such an exciting and special experience."

“Being in those smaller classes where you actually get to engage in discussion, you learn so much more about your own thoughts, you learn so much more about everybody else's thoughts, and if you're doing it in German, then it's an extra fun challenge. Intellectually, it's such an exciting and special experience.”